You’ve decided to hire an interior designer for your latest project. You know you’re going to need a professional who presents themselves professionally, works well with your other contractors, and has the skills and expertise needed to deliver results you want. But how do you find the right designer? Here are our top five tips for making the right choice:
- DO YOUR RESEARCH
It’s important to spend time researching the design firm you’re considering hiring. A great way to learn about a designer is by looking at their website, portfolio and social media pages. You should also check out any blog posts or articles they’ve written (that are available online) so you can get a better idea of the type of work they do for clients in your industry or field.
- Look for an expert who fits with your aesthetic preferences.
When it comes down to it, hiring an interior designer is similar to hiring someone else in any other field: You want someone whose personality meshes well with yours and whose work aligns closely with what you’re hoping will be produced by them (in this case, it’s interior decor). Make sure that person can meet those standards before making any final decisions on whether or not he or she should join your team!
- SCHEDULE AN INITIAL CONSULTATION
Once you’ve narrowed down your list to two or three designers, it’s time to schedule an initial consultation. This is a chance for both parties to get acquainted and see if they’re a good fit for each other. Here are some things you should do during this meeting:
Be sure to set aside enough time in order to go over everything thoroughly!
Ask them about their portfolio and references (we’ll talk more about these later). This way you can get a sense of what kind of work they’ve done before and whether or not their style aligns with yours.
Discuss their design process with them—what does it look like? How does it differ from other designers’ processes? What are the steps involved? Is there anything unique about how they work with clients? What tools do they use most often during the design process? How many meetings do they typically need in order to create an initial floor plan or sketch of what the finished product will look like before starting construction on the home itself; etcetera…
- ASK FOR A (PERSONAL) PORTFOLIO
A portfolio is an important part of the design process, and it should include photos of previous projects. You can learn a lot about your potential designer by seeing their work. For instance, if you have any specific requirements or inspirations in mind, you’ll be able to see if they have experience with them. If not, they may not be the right person for you.
- LOOK FOR REFERENCES IN THEIR PORTFOLIO
When you are shortlisting your interior designer, it is important to look at the references they have. Here are a few things that you should look out for when looking at their portfolio:
The portfolio should be current and up-to-date.
There should be a variety of projects in the portfolio. This shows that they have experience with different types of interiors and homes, which is important because every project is slightly different.
The style of their work should be consistent throughout their portfolios; there shouldn’t be an obvious shift from one style to another. If this happens, it may be because they haven’t been able to fully establish themselves as an interior designer yet or because they’re still trying to figure out what works best with their clients’ preferences so far as style goes (and either way can result in poor work). Either way, it’s best if they stick with one particular design language throughout all of their projects so that consistency isn’t an issue! If a potential client has any doubts about whether or not this will happen then he/she might want someone else instead.”
Chemistry is a real thing. It’s not just about personality and how you feel when they’re around, but it’s also about mutual respect, mutual trust and mutual understanding. If you don’t have chemistry with your interior designer then it won’t work out well for either of you in the long run.
As an example:
Respect for their expertise – They know what they’re doing (and have been doing it for years) so show them some respect! Ask lots of questions, listen carefully to what they say; ask them to elaborate on things that don’t make sense to you right away…and above all: trust them!
Mutual trust – If you don’t trust each other then there will be no working relationship at all! Trust that they’ll do their job well; trust them as professionals who know what they’re doing; trust them as individuals who are kind and compassionate people…and lastly: trust that if something goes wrong (which happens sometimes), it won’t be intentional or malicious on their part!
Hiring the right interior designer is critical to the success of your project. By following these tips, you can find someone who is a good fit for your vision, understands your needs and budget, and also fits your personality. We hope our insights have been helpful along the way!